It’s that time again, the closing of one month and the beginning of another. It also means that it is time to star a brand new list of books that I hope to read by the end of March!
March, for me, is going to be about two things when it comes to literature. Finally getting my hands on the copy of a much-anticipated third book in a series; diving into contemporary reads; and rereading a classic. I think it is important to always go back to a book that changed your life or a classic that has surpassed the test of time. The lessons that you can learn from rereading a book are endless.
Plus, getting to spend some quality time with characters you haven’t said hello to in a while is an added bonus.
Let’s get into it!
YA Contemporary Reads:
- A World Without You by Beth Revis
- Even though it is not quite March, I have already started this stand-alone novel. A story about a boy who thinks he has the ability to travel back in time. A boy who thinks that the special school he is attending is really a school to help everyone master their superpowers. A boy who has recently lost his girlfriend to depression. A boy who also suffers from mental illness.
- This novel has had mixed reviews but ultimately the premise intrigued me. Mental illness is not to be taken lightly and this novel seems to look at it from a whole new perspective.
- The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
- From what I have heard about this novel, it is enthralling. It is a novel centred around two characters, Natasha and Daniel, and their existential love story.
- This will be the first novel I have read by Nicola Yoon but I already know that it won’t be the last because I have Everything, Everything (her debut novel) sitting on my shelf as well.
- What makes me excited about this novel is that it is supposed to give a profound exploration of what life and love have to offer. It is also a stand-alone which is great because I have three series on the go right now. It will be a nice change of pace.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- This is about a girl, Hannah, who recently committed suicide and leaves behind cassette tapes (yes, this dates the book) for her classmate, Clay, to find. These cassettes are the reasons behind her actions.
- This is a novel that I have had sitting on my shelf for a while now. Why haven’t I picked it up until now? Because I got too invested in series and honestly, I forgot I had it. Now that it has gotten so much hype with Selena Gomez and Netflix picking it up for a mini-series, I figured it would be best to read a novel that many have said is one of the best they have ever read.
- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
- FINALLY! I took my sweet, sweet time reading Glass Sword and when I was finished I still had 4 months to wait for the third installment. I have no idea where Mare, Cal and Maven will end up in this novel but I am so excited to pick it up and dive right back in. This dystopian series is one of the best I have read in a long time and I can’t get enough of the character development and the turn of events that take place.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- I have read so many novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I always come back here. It is a beautiful novel that has lived up to every expectation of what I feel it would be like to live in the 1920s. From the moment you pick it up you are enchanted with the prose that Fitzgerald is known for. Behind all of the glitz and glamour that Gatsby is known for; there is disconnect, there is tragedy, there is a devotion so strong the world will never (I hope) stop talking about it.
“She held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she wanted to see so much.”
“Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way every young girl wanted to be looked at.”
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- This novel is on the top 100 list of best written novels of all time. It is written in the view-point of Holden and his angst towards being born in a world that he either never liked or never appreciated properly. The eloquence that is The Catcher in the Rye is a beautiful mixture of pain and pleasure, love and hate. It is a novel that I read in high school and haven’t picked up since. This will be a learning experience to see if I still have the same feelings about this book.
“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”